Chardonnay is easy to come by—it’s our most popular wine by a wide margin. But don’t say, “I’ll have a glass of Chardonnay,” unless you mean it—and make sure that glass earned gold. Life’s too short to dip into a sea of unremarkable Chard.
- Scott Family 2014 Dijon Clone Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco, Monterey; $25)
- Trione Vineyards & Winery 2014 River Road Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County; $36)